Sunday, November 04, 2007

Maintain the quarantine: deadly force will be used to protect this area

We finally watched 28 Weeks Later last night. It was scary as hell and well worth the wait.
Unlike such pieces of dreck like Saw, for example, which start off with a promising premise and then quickly deteriorate further into stupidity with each subsequent offering, 28 Weeks Later is a sequel, which not only works brilliantly, but at times exceeds the original. Now I can't wait for 28 Months Later. Because you know there will be a 28 Months Later.
This film is beautifully shot, which I guess is a strange thing to say about a film in which rage-infected zombies run madly about tearing people to shreds, but it is quite gorgeous. Much of it, of course, is shot in London, largely from the air, and it really is a very striking city. Makes me wish I actually knew the city.
The presence of the NATO-led US military to maintain control over the decontaminated areas and to oversee repatriation of the country, makes a powerful statement about both the futility of an armed response against a virulent virus and about the paranoia which permeates every aspect of life in post-rage Britain. Ultimately you have to choose between facing the infected or facing the military snipers. Either way you lose.
I don't often pay attention to the musical score in a film (unless it is an actual song), but I found my heart racing not just from the fear of being run-down by these insanely fast infected, but also from the ominous musical score. With a score that relies heavy on guitar and drum and a deceptively simple rhythm which keeps building and building in intensity, composer John Murphy has created a score that I found almost unbearably suspenseful. For me it surpasses the shrieking violins of Psycho.
I almost never say this about a sequel, but I can't wait for the third installment.

What film(s) would you recommend?


Allison said...

"This film is beautifully shot, which I guess is a strange thing to say about a film in which rage-infected zombies run madly about tearing people to shreds, but it is quite gorgeous".

Almost makes me want to watch it now. Although its not really my genre.

What films with stellar musical scores would we recommend? There was one I watched at school, I shall have to double check with others, I can't remember the name. But it totally captivated me.

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

I can't wait to see this. BUt it's a movie that I must watch alone as Sparky will not watch these types of movies with me.

Dale said...

I was expecting more from the first film so I can't say I'd trudge out to rent this one although your review makes me want to.

As a fellow rageaholic, I would recommend Planet Terror, one half of the Grindhouse funfest by Tarantino and Rodriguez.

Karen said...

Oh thank goodness you didn't give anything away! Without saying much about the actual film plot, you've piqued my interest even more! I haven't seen it yet but am definately looking forward to it.

My current recommendation? Yep, you guessed it: Black Sheep (not the Chris Farley one but the movie about actual sheep).

Toccata said...

I have not seen this but I still maintain you need to see Fido if you haven't yet. It contains some brilliant lines that you'll want to plunk down into casual conversation.

I think I would have to choose the military snipers for at least then my death would hopefully be quick and painless. No virulent virus for me.

phlegmfatale said...

COOL! I can't wait to see that. I LOVED 28 Days Later, and there's nothing like a good zombie flick!

oh - fyi - my grandpa's music is up on my Monday post. I hope you can stop by and hear it.

jim dandy said...

No surprise that we're fans of the same genre. I enjoyed the atmosphere that the soundtrack pushed, as well. It also helped it feel more connected to first film.
If Karen hadn't said it, I would have. Black Sheep. From New Zealand comes another comedy horror reminiscent of Peter Jackson's Dead Alive.
I also got a twisted kick out of Evil Aliens.
All of these film were released at about the same time recently.
I am sick of all the tourture films. Saw, Hostel, etc...
Give me good old fashioned monsters (The Host) and zombies any day!

JustRun said...

How do you have time for all this movie and music stuff. Sheesh, I need to quit work and school and just up the Netflix account.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Not really your genre? Really, Al? And just what is it about bloody limbs and eyes being popped out that you do not love?
I am very curious about the film with the stellar score now.

Oh now that's a shame, Dr M, if you can't watch scenes of bloodlust with loved ones, well then who can you enjoy them with?

Planet Terror. Noted, thank you fellow rageaholic.
I found the second half of the orginal 28 Days Later to be disappointing, Dale. Was that the same issue you had? No such problems with the sequel though - it's much more cohesive.

It was tempting, Karen, but with great restraint I decided not to spoil it for anyone.
Black Sheep, you say? I am shocked! It does look brilliant.

I love films that have brilliant lines that I can steal, Toccata! I noticed this morning that Fido is finally coming out on video, so it is on my must see list.
The virus is super fast too, if that's any consolation.

They are not exactly zombies, I guess, Phlegmfatale, but certainly zombie-inspired, and ever so cool.
I am coming over to check out your grandpa's music!

Torture films quickly lost whatever appeal they may have held for me, Jim Dandy, I agree. They are just distasteful and lacking in imagination. Whatever imagination they do show is not the sort that I want to encourage.
It's good to hear that you found the soundtrack to 28 Weeks Later effective as well. And I can't wait to see Black Sheep.

Aww, see there is your problem, Justrun - work and school. That eats up so much time it's not even funny. Time that could be spent in front of the dvd player.

Todd said...

I've said it many times, but I hated the first movie. I haven't had any desire to see the second one, but reading about how you enjoyed it so much makes me stop and think that maybe, just maybe, I could give it a go.

But if I watch it and don't like it, I can always fall back to Shawn of the Dead for a quick recovery in the zombie-esque movie genre. :P

Todd said...

Oh, and one more thing - Dale had suggested Planet Terror from Grindhouse - I just recently watched this and it not only kept my attention but I found it to be quite entertaining - corniness and cliches aside, it was a rip-roaring good time. ;)

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Two votes for Planet Terror, two votes for Black Sheep, one vote for Fido. I shall have to watch all of them, I guess.

Todd, you really did hate 28 Days Later? Including Cillian Murphy? Well, perhaps you won't like the sequel then, but I am 100% behind you on Shaun of the Dead. I could watch that every day.

Will said...

Well now I need to see this for sure. I am glad to hear it may even surpass the original, and coming from an actual zombie, I know this means quite a lot. How many sequel titles can we come up with...

28 Minutes Later
28 Steps Later
28 Cups of Coffee Later
28 Hours of Attempting to Decide the Right Sequel Title Later
28 Milleniums Later (for when they really want to get sci-fi

or even better...
28 Days Later ... On Mars

Maybe even
Ocean's 28 (Days)

Barbara Bruederlin said...

You kill me, Will!! Seriously, I'm slain.

How about the Disney remake, 28 Dalmatians?

Or the drug heist film, 28 Grams Later?

Well, we could go on and on, couldn't we?

jim dandy said...

At least 28 comments later!
Oh and put me down as another vote for Planet Terror.
Can't believe I didn't mention it before. I is by far my fave rave of the year!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Planet Terror was never even on my radar of films I wanted to see, Jim Dandy, but I think I really must see it now. You folks all love it, so it is certainly worth checking out.

justacoolcat said...

I still haven't seen it, but it's going on the Netflix today.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Check it out, Just A, if you like mayhem and wanton destruction, that is. But then, who doesn't?

John Mutford said...

I enjoyed it but no where near as much as the first. I thought they tried too hard to find novel ways of showing gore (i.e., the helicopter scene) and the ending fell apart (for me).

Unknown said...

I heard it was pretty good. I'm putting it on my list.

I liked the first Saw because I had no clue what was going on and was caught off guard.

The next Saw didn't do much for me other than it was gory. Kinda like Hostel was (I went to that because I thought Tarantino had more to do with it - wrong.)

Heard you had snow. And I am complaining because it's starting to frost most nights. Ha.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I actually thought that parts of it were more effective than the original, John. The original seemed like 2 different films to me. Yeah, the helicopter bit was excessive but at the time, kinda cool. I was taken in by the ending, although of course I saw it coming.

Hi Busterp! The first Saw had a really interesting premise, but yeah all those torture movies are just distasteful.
We've had snow 3 or 4 times now! But it goes away in a few days.

Anonymous said...

i know i'm like, 10 months late on this post, but we finally watched '28 weeks later' tonight so i had to search back through your posts to see what you'd said. anyways, i thought it was freaking awesome......possibly better than the first?? and i totally agree about the score, it made me wish there was a soundtrack. it was all SO GOOD!!! and i'm so glad you felt so too, i'm not usually impressed with sequels but this one was perfect.
ps: after we finished watching, tim said "you should email your aunt, she has a zombie fetish, doesn't she???" hehehehe